We Are Not Frogs! (Little Gems)

Written by Michael Morpurgo

Illustrated by Sam Usher

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LoveReading View on We Are Not Frogs! (Little Gems)

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2018 | Interest Age 5-8 |  We Are Not Frogs is a joyful exploration of frog, toad and human nature! Toads are not at all like frogs.  The frogs have set up a long-jump competition which the toads go along with, even though they know the frogs will win – anything for a quiet life. The game is interrupted by the arrival first of a dog, then a couple of children, who have a lot to learn about toads. Readers will stay one jump ahead of the protagonists throughout, and it’s a fun and very satisfying story. Sam Usher’s lively illustrations reveal just as much about the characters – amphibian and human – as the text, and feature a counting game too.  ~ Julia Eccleshare

High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities.  Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page.  They are perfect for 5-8's. These quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.

Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for March 2018

The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue

King Coo by Adam Stower

Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins

We Are Not Frogs! (Little Gems) by Michael Morpurgo

The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear by Margrete Lamond

Song of the Dolphin Boy  by Elizabeth Laird

What Do People Do All Day? (50th anniversary edition) by Richard Scarry

Bird House by Libby Walden

Bug Hotel by Libby Walden

Alone Together by Clayton Junior

The Lost Penguin by Claire Freedman

 

We Are Not Frogs! (Little Gems) Synopsis

Children's literature legend Michael Morpurgo teams up with illustration star Sam Usher for a rollicking countryside adventure story, now in a Little Gems edition for more parents and children to share together.

The frogs always beat the toads at long jump but the toads don't mind - anything for a quiet life. But then the children and Mutt the dog come in search of some good jumpers, and the toads see an opportunity to get their own back. Soon the poor frogs have been gathered up and put in an ice-cream tub, and they're hopping mad! 

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 5+

We Are Not Frogs! (Little Gems) Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and share books from an early age and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Mum of Robyn and Sabrina Chorley - 'A really fun read, lovely story with great pictures.'
  • Logan Upchurch, age 4 - 'I love this book. I like the frogs, because they jump, jumpety-jump!'
  • Logan’s Mum - 'The illustrations are beautiful and expressive and the counting games are fun – we loved picking out our favourite frogs, toads and other creatures. We’ll be buying this for friends.'
  • Emma, Sam and Jack Radford - 'We love it! Both my 3 and 5 year old have been asking for it at bedtime every night! The story is funny and informative, with fabulous illustrations.'
  • Aggie Daniels, age 5 - 'The best bit about this book is the toads because they are funny. I liked the pictures because one toad is waving.' 

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781781127926
Publication date: 01/01/2018
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781127926
Publication date: 1st January 2018
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator: Sam Usher
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 96 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks
Other Categories: Early Readers

About Michael Morpurgo

Winner of J M Barrie Award 2016 March 16 was Michael Morpurgo month on Lovereading4kids - click here to view the favourites we selected on themes of Legends, Animals, War and Journeys. Michael Morpurgo, OBE, MBE, is one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers. He was appointed Children’s Laureate in May 2003, a post he helped to set up with his friend Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE for services to Literature in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2007. He has written over 120 books, including Kensuke’s Kingdom which won the Children’...

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